Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement about a coronavirus aid package, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Nancy Pelosi, after nearly two months of the media ignoring it, was finally asked this morning about her promotion of tourism in late February, even as the Wuhan virus had clearly escalated into a serious situation for the country. This came during a trip to Chinatown in which she told people everything was safe and that they should come visit.
The reason this is so relevant is because Pelosi has relentlessly attacked Trump as not taking the virus seriously enough in January, even accusing him of having killed people as a result. Given that, the fact that she’s on video telling people to go to Chinatown and enjoy the food a month later makes her a massive hypocrite.
Anyway, here’s her insufferable answer as to why she did it.
Pelosi defends encouraging tourism to Chinatown on February 24 because she felt she was exposing bigotry pic.twitter.com/iTleAerIs0
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) April 19, 2020
You see, she was just trying to fight discrimination or something. That makes sense because discrimination is defeated by encouraging people to gather in densely packed areas to spread a deadly disease. Wait, what?
One of the more ridiculous things Democratic politicians have learned to do in the last decade is to spin every flub into a topic on racism. They apparently see that as a shield whereby they can’t be criticized as long as they are flexing their social justice muscles. The reality is that Pelosi told people to come to Chinatown in late February because she didn’t know any better. And because she didn’t know any better, she has no business going after others for their response to the virus.
She wants to have it both ways though. Her words must be hand waved away, but she can basically accuse Trump of murder for actions he took before anyone believed this disease would be much of an issue in the United States.
These recriminations have become absolutely ludicrous at this point. There was no world where Trump could have taken tougher actions in January, nor even into late February. It wasn’t until early March that the magnitude of the situation was apparent enough that the public was willing to buy-in. Pelosi has disingenuously attempted to act as if she were ahead of the curve long before the administration was. That’s simply false and her past statements show it to be false. No amount of hiding behind ridiculous charges of racism will change that.